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Stephen A. Godleski
Professor and Department Chair 223 Smith Hall
Chemistry Department 585-395-5595
SUNY College at Brockport

Employment Experience
SUNY College at Brockport
Professor and Department Chair

Senior Technical Associate
Manager of Process Technical Group
Global Imaging Chemicals Flow
Senior Technical Associate
Special Projects Leader
Global Imaging Chemicals Flow-Responsible for Outsourcing 120+ chemicals
Imaging Chemicals Technology Unit East- Unit Director
Unit responsible for process development and process improvement for polymers and materials for Ink Jet and OLED Business Units
Imaging Chemicals Technology Unit West-Unit Director
Unit responsible for process development and process improvement for materials for all Kodak Business Units
Imaging Materials Division-Group Leader
Group consisted of synthetic chemists working in the area of the design and preparation of photographic addenda and dyes.
1985-1993 Corporate Research Laboratories-Technical Unit Leader
Group was responsible for the development of new catalysts for organic transformations, including process development for manufacturing.
Photographic Materials Research Division-Chemist
Studied kinetics and mechanism of release of photographically useful groups
Adjunct Faculty Teaching of Graduate Chemistry courses at RIT

University of Rochester
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Directed research programs in: the use of organometallics in organic synthesis; total synthesis of natural products; reactive intermediates in organosilicon chemistry. Secured funding from the NIH, PRF, Pharmaceutical companies to maintain a laboratory of 8-10 graduate students, post docs and undergraduates.

Experience and Skills: Six years of teaching experience at the University of Rochester and two years of Adjunct Faculty teaching at RIT.
Outsourcing Project Leader; managed groups of chemists, engineers, technicians in process development areas; Technical/Project management; synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry, strong communication skills, proven ability to direct research, experience in the design of experiments and combinatorial chemistry.

Undergraduate- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, A.B., 1971
Graduate- Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, M.S., 1973; Ph. D., 1976
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Paul v.R. Schleyer
Thesis Experience: Kinetics, Mechanisms, Organic Synthesis
Postdoctoral- University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin;
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. Barry M. Trost, 1976-8
Postdoctoral Research Experience: Total Synthesis of Natural Products, New Synthetic Methods Based on Organometallic Reagents

Professional and Community Service
Reviewer for JACS, JOC, Organometallics; Session Chair for 2006 Heterocycles Gordon Conference; Team Leader at Day of Caring; Volunteer at Advent House Hospice


  1. S.A. Godleski, W.D. Graham, T.W. Bentley, P.v.R. Schleyer, and G.Liang, “Bridgehead Homoadamantane Derivatives. Structural Evidence,” Chem, Ber., 107, 1254 (1974).
  2. S.A. Godleski, P.v.R. Schleyer, E. Osawa and G.J. Kent, “Synthesis of D3-Trishomocubane by Rearrangement,” Chem, Commun., 976 (1974).
  3. M.H. Chisholm and S.A. Godleski, “Applications of C-13 NMR in Inorganic Chemistry,” Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 21, p215-342 (1975).
  4. S.A. Godleski, P.v.R. Schleyer and E. Osawa, “The Ethanonoradamantanes by Rearrangement and by Synthesis-A Critical Evaluation of Empirical Force Field Predictions,” Chem. Commun., 38 (1976).
  5. S.A. Godleski, P.v.R. Schleyer, E. Osawa, Y. Inamoto, and Y. Fujikara, “The Ethanonoradamantanes. An Experimental Evaluation of Empirical Force Field Predictions,” J. Org. Chem., 41, 2596 (1976).
  6. G.J. Kent, S.A. Godleski, E. Osawa and P.v.R. Schleyer, “Synthesis of D3-Trishomocubane, the Pentacycloundecane Stabilomer,” J. Org. Chem., 42, 3852 (1977).
  7. B.M. Trost, S.A. Godleski and J. Ippen, “A Stereocontrolled Approach to 1,4-Disubstituted 1,3-Dienes,” J. Org. Chem. 43, 4559 (1978).
  8. B.M. Trost, S.A. Godleski and J.P. Genet, “A Total Synthesis of Racemic and Optically Active Ibogamine. Utilization and Mechanism of a New Silver Ion Assisted Palladium Catalyzed Cyclization,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 100, 3930 (1978).
  9. B.M. Trost, S.A. Godleski and J.L. Belletire, “Synthesis of Catharanthine via Organopalladium Chemistry,” J. Org. Chem., 44, 2052 (1979).
  10. E. Osawa, E.M. Engler, S.A. Godleski, Y. Inamoto, G.J. Kent, M. Kausch and P.v.R. Schleyer, “Bridgehead Reactivities of Ethanonoradamantane. Bromination and Solvolysis of Bromides,” J. Org. Chem., 45, 984 (1980).
  11. S.A. Godleski, J.D. Meinhart, D.J. Miller and S. van Wallendael, “Palladium Assisted Synthesis of 1-Azaspirocycles,” Tetrahedron Lett., 2247 (1981).
  12. S.A. Godleski, P.v.R. Schleyer, E. Osawa, W.T. Wipke, “Systematic Prediction of Most Stable Hydrocarbon Isomers,” Progress in Physical Organic Chemistry, vol. 3, p. 63-117 (1981).
  13. Y. Apeloig, S.A. Godleski, D.J. Heacock and J.M. McKelvey, “Stabilization of Silicenium Ions by Second Row Pi Donor Substituents, an Ab Initio Study,” Tetrahedron Lett., 3297 (1981).
  14. J.E. Nordlander, J.R. Smith, W.B. Moore, Y. Apeloig, D. Arad, S.A. Godleski and P.v.R. Schleyer, “Exo/Endo Solvolysis Rate Ratios in Constrained 2-Norbornyl Systems,” Tet. Lett., 4921 (1981).
  15. S.A. Godleski and R.S. Valpey, “Palladium Catalyzed Preparation of Carbon and Oxygen Spirocycles,” J. Org. Chem., 47, 381 (1982).
  16. S.A. Godleski, D.J. Heacock and J.M. McKelvey, “MNDO Study of Phosphine and Amine Substituted Silicenium Ions,” Tetrahedron Lett., 4453 (1982).
  17. R.S. Valpey, D.J. Miller, J.M. Estes and S.A. Godleski, “Sequential pi-Allyl Palladium Alkylations,” J. Org. Chem., 47, 4717 (1982).
  18. S.A. Godleski and D.J. Heacock, “Trimethylsilyl Iodide Catalyzed Spirocyclizations of Amines. Synthesis of Perhydrohistrionicotoxins,” J. Org. Chem., 47, 4820 (1982).
  19. S. Stanton , S.W. Felman, C.S. Parkhurst and S.A. Godleski, “Alkoxides as Nucleophiles in pi-Allyl Palladium Chemistry. Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 105, 1964 (1983).
  20. S.A. Godleski, D.J. Heacock, J.D. Meinhart and S. Van Wallendael, “Formal Total Synthesis of Perhydrohistrionicotoxin-An Organopalladium Route,” J. Org. Chem., 48, 2101 (1983).
  21. V. Distefano, I. Evans, M. Myers-Robfogel, J. Estes and S.A. Godleski, “Experimental Tumor Treatment: A Different Approach,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 71, 1289 (1983).
  22. S.A. Godleski, K.B. Gundlach, and R.S. Valpey, “Preparation and Reactions of Pt(2+)and Pd(2+) Complexes of Bicyclo[3.3.1]non-1-ene,” Organometallics, 2, 1254 (1983).
  23. S.A. Godleski, K.B. Gundlach, H. Ho, E. Keinan and F,. Frolow, “pi-Allyl Palladium Chemistry-Structure and Reactivity,” Organometallics, 3, 21 (1984).
  24. M.A. Maleque, A. Brossi, B. Witkop, S.A. Godleski and E.X. Albuquerque, “Blockade of the Ionic Chanel of the Nicotinic Receptor in the Open Conformation Produced by Analogs of Histrionicotoxin,” Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 229, 72 (1984).
  25. S.A. Godleski and E. Villhauer, “Metal Catalyzed Stereospecific Michael Reaction Equivalent,” J. Org. Chem., 49, 2246 (1984).
  26. S.A. Godleski, K.B. Gundlach and R.S. Valpey, “Platinum and Palladium Complexes of Bicyclo[3.3.1]non-1-ene. Bonding and Reactions of Strained Olefin Transition Metal Complexes,” Organometallics, 3, 296 (1985).
  27. S.A. Godleski and E.B. Villhauer, “Applications of a Transition Metal Mediated Stereospecific Michael Reaction Equivalent to the Synthesis of Alloyohimbone,” J. Org. Chem., 51, 486 (1986).
  28. B.M. Trost, J.L. Belletire, S.A. Godleski, P.G. McDougal, J.M. Balkovec, J.J. Baldwin, M.E. Christy, G.S. Ponticello, S.L. Varga and J.P. Springer, “On the Use of the O-Methylmandelate Ester for Establishment of Absolute Configuration of Secondary Alcohols,” J. Org. Chem., 51, 2370 (1986).
  29. S.A. Godleski, “pi-Allyl Palladium Complexes in Organic Synthesis,” Comprehensive Organic Synthesis, vol. 4, p585-661 (1991).
  30. S.A. Godleski, “Use of PdL 4 Complexes in the Selective “1,4”-Addition of Nucleophiles to Butadiene Monoepoxide,” in Catalysis of Organic Reactions, R.E. Malz, Jr., editor, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1996.
  31. W.D. Jones, K.A. Reynolds, C.K. Sperry, R.E. Lachiotte, S.A. Godleski, R.R Valente, “Selective Carbonylation Routes to Thiocarbamates. An Alternative to Phosgene”, Organometallics, 19, 1661 (2000).
  32. I. Gould, J.R. Lenhard, A.A. Muenter, S.A. Godleski, S. Farid, "Two-Electron Sensitization: A New Concept for Silver Halide Photography", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 122, 11934 (2000).
  33. J. Jacob, K. A. Reynolds, W. D. Jones, S.A. Godleski, R.R. Valente, "Nickel Mediated Selective Carbonylation Routes to Thiocarbamates", Organometallics, 20, 1028 (2001).
  34. I. Gould, J.R. Lenhard, A.A. Muenter, S.A. Godleski, S. Farid, " New Approach to Silver Halide Photography Using Radical Cation Chemistry", Pure Appl. Chem., 73, 455 (2001).
  35. J. Jacob, C.M. Cavalier, W.D. Jones, S.A. Godleski, R.R. Valente, "Cobalt-catalyzed Selective Conversion of Diallylanilines and Arylimines to Quinolines”, Jour. Molec. Cat. A, 182-183, 565 (2002).
  36. Ian R. Gould, Stephen A. Godleski, Paul A. Zielinski, and Samir Farid
    Aminosilanes as two-electron donors: A technological application of radical cation chemistry”, Can. J. Chem./Rev. Can. Chim. 81(6): 777-788 (2003).
  37. Stephen N. Falling, John R. Monnier, Gerald W. Phillips, Jeffrey S. Kanel, and Stephen A. Godleski, “Development of an Industrial Process for the Lewis Acid/Iodide Salt-Catalyzed Rearrangement of 3,4-Epoxy-1-Butene to 2,5-Dihydrofuran”, Catalysis of Organic Reactions, Vol. 115, (2006).


“Isomerization of Epoxyalkenes to 2,5-Dihydrofurans and Catalyst Compositions Useful Therefor” US 5,082,956 1992.

“Process for the Separation of Oligomeric Materials from a Catalyst Mixture” US 5,238,889 1993.

“Process for the Preparation of 1,4-Disubstituted 2-Butenes” US 5,189,199 1993.

“Continuous Process for the Manufacture of 2,5-Dihydrofuran from Epoxybutenes” US 5,315,019 1994.

“Palladium Catalyzed Addition of Amines to 3,4-Epoxy-1-butene” US 5,326,873.

“Polyether Polyols Derived from 3,4-Epoxy-1-butene” US 5,608,034 1997.

“Polyether Polymers Derived from 3,4-Epoxy-1-butene and Hydroxyl Initiator”, US 5,652,328 1997.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 5,747,235 1998.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 5,747,236 1998.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 6,010,841 2000.

“Photographic Emulsion Having an Improved Speed, Photographic Element Containing Said Emulsion, and Method”, US 6,040,129 2000.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 6,054,260 2000.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 6,153,371 2000.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 6,306,570 2001.

“Silver Halide Light Sensitive Emulsion Layer Having Enhanced Photographic Sensitivity” US 6,498,004 2002.

Synthesis of Vinylsulfones” US 6,995,287 2005

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